Sleep welcomed record numbers

Posted in News on 1 December, 2015

Now in its 10th year, Sleep continues to showcase cutting-edge products, world-renowned speakers and provides an inclusive networking experience for all involved…

With so many design houses located in London, is it any wonder that Sleep is high up on the priority list for architects and interior designers? As hotel design events go, Sleep exceeds expectations. In just two days, trends have been set and inspiration spread vast as the event receives record numbers of through the doors of London’s Business Design centre.

Simple elegance seems to be the design aims for many of the products exhibiting this year. This is particularly apparent in the recently launched hotel bathroom designs. Hidden technology is also evident, and Kaldewei’s bath Meisterstueck Incarva, by Anke Salamon with sound system is a perfect example of this, which is ideal for boutique hotel design where something different is required.

Future trends suggest that the ‘home-away-from-home’ experience will be taken to a whole new level. Again, subtle detail plays a leading role in creating a memorable experience, however it is the subtle luxuries keeps that attraction alive and sets the experience aside from others. One example of this can be found in Chelsom’s new lighting range, which is scheduled to launch Spring 2016. Instead of conventional lighting, the company have thought outside the box and produced reflector-style lamps, shaped to create a refined art deco feel. Another example of this comes from Morgan’s new RIO collection where technology has been imperative in its development. The chairs have a DNA-like aesthetic and have been manufactured beautifully with 3D technology – again, creating something practical yet different.

In true Sleep style, cutting-edge designs were at the epicentre of discussion at the Sleep Sets, which took on the theme of Wonder Tale. All entries were different but all followed individual narratives and opening different worlds, some more abstract than others.

One of the Sleep Set entries, Areen Hospitality merged different worlds. Lead Designer, Balkaran Bassan said, “We wanted to create a sense of duality, the idea of two worlds”, but it was Shaun Clarkson ID who stole the show. It’s set welcomed a colourful escape complete with imaginative interiors and a strong fantasy theme running throughout.

Other competitions included the Snoozebox, where the panel of judges, which included directors from Snoozebox, Tangerine and Sleep, were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions.

A team of three international architects from OHØYstudio in Norway, Eva Taucar, Klaus Madseen and Vincenzo Grosso, produced the winning entry.

“I was impressed with all of the entries, but there had to be a winner” said Lorcán Ó Murchú, CEO of Snoozebox. “Well done Eva, Klaus and Vincenzo at OHØYstudio – simple, thoughtful and flexible, I look forward to bringing the concept to life.”

Above the exhibition hall, an impressive line up of speakers took the microphone, one by one inspiring visitors, press and industry experts on architecture, design and projects to looks forward to in the near future.

Martin Brudzinski was on the list having recently completed high-end projects such as The Ivy and Soho House. In his session, he recommended that designers and architects should design a space with its functionality in mind as well as its location. “Each design should be different,” explains Brudzinski. “ I design spaces around the function of what that space will be served for.”

Other renowned speakers included, Benjamin West, Ariane Steinbeck, Gray Davis, Will Meyer and Oliver Heath among many others who provided in-depth discussion about trends, business and projects that to look forward to.

If you missed any of the action at Sleep 2015, check out the website for highlights

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